As we get ready to ride off into a sun-filled weekend, we’ve got a couple Napa Valley news items to share with you this Friday afternoon.
Duckhorn Vineyards 2002 Napa Valley Merlot, Three Palms Vineyard
Independent wine writer Nick Passmore devoted an entire column in BusinessWeek this week to Duckhorn Vineyards’ 2002 Napa Valley Merlot from the Three Palms Vineyard. Here’s an excerpt:
…the result is a delicious, rich, and polished merlot. It is velvety in texture but has real acid structure and is not “over-extracted”—wine-speak for the New World affliction of jammy, over-ripe, and over-oaked reds. Cherry and vanilla flavors predominate at first, but after a while spicier, earthier notes begin to emerge tinged with hints of licorice and cedar. Duckhorn is known for tannic wines, and this version is only just now coming into its own. At around $90 a bottle it’s not a cheap wine, but it will be spectacular in ten years’ time.
Read the full column here.
Mumm Napa gets a new terrace
Our friends over at Mumm Napa have recently opened a new luxury terrace (pictured above) designed to “…give visitors a special VIP experience at the winery.” The terrace, which features plush furnishings and a variety of gourmet services, is designed to allow guests to taste the winery’s signature sparkling wines in an elegant and relaxed setting.
According to a press release, the fee for an afternoon on the deck with two flutes of library wine is $30.00. An educational food pairing sampler with hand-selected cheese, fruit and nut pairings is $20.00 for a serving for two. When we visited the winery last summer we fell in love with the existing outdoor seating area overlooking the valley–meaning the new terrace is surely even more enticing. In order to take advantage of the new terrace, you’ll need to call ahead for reservations.